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Windows 7: Are two drives Safer than One for same capacity?

10 May 2017   #1
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Are two drives Safer than One for same capacity?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
...Although I see no point in a 4tb partition split in half is more logical but then again I'm not one that needs a 4tb hdd if it goes bad allot of data goes down with it and not very realistic to even backup a 4tb hdd either.
You are pretty bright so I can't believe you said that! Why on earth would you believe it isn't realistic to back up a 4TB HDD?

Before I switched over to all SSDs, I backed up a 4TB drive all the time without trouble. I now have three 4TB SSDs with data on them and have no trouble backing them up. I would rather have to back up a single 4TB drive than two 2TB drives since it would require fewer backup drives to store and lug around and fewer steps to perform the backups.


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10 May 2017   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Mainly because too big to fail plus large hdd's are not as cheap as say 1 or 2tb it just depends on how much one is willing to pay I suppose
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10 May 2017   #3
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Mainly because too big to fail plus large hdd's are not as cheap as say 1 or 2tb it just depends on how much one is willing to pay I suppose
Ok, you just strained the one functioning brain cell of the three I have left. What do you mean by too big to fail?

One 2TB WD Blue costs $70. One 4TB WD Blue is $120. I this case, two 2TB drives would cost $20 more than one 4TB drive. Of course, if one doesn't need more than 1-2TB and does not anticipate ever needing more than that, then it makes more sense not to get a larger drive. But, if one does need the larger capacity or anticipates needing more soon, then buying the one larger drive would make more economical sense than buying smaller drives.

As far as a larger drive having more data to lose all at once than a smaller drive, it doesn't really matter as long as that data has been backed up. If one use the appropriate backup software, backing up the same amount of new and changed data on a single, larger drive will take less time than on smaller multiple drives.
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10 May 2017   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Simply I'd rather a 1-2tb drive fail than a 4tb drive it hurts half as much

Not to mention loading a 1-2tb drive takes half the time.
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10 May 2017   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I went big with 2 4TB`s, less space, less power

Removed an entire drive cage, but aaaaaah what does it matter, new case coming tomorrow.
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10 May 2017   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Simply I'd rather a 1-2tb drive fail than a 4tb drive it hurts half as much

Not to mention loading a 1-2tb drive takes half the time.
It won't hurt at all if you have your data backed up and you get a good drive with a five year warranty.

I don't understand what you mean about loading a 1-2TB drive takes half the time.
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10 May 2017   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
I went big with 2 4TB`s, less space, less power

Removed an entire drive cage, but aaaaaah what does it matter, new case coming tomorrow.
Not to mention fewer SATA ports are needed.
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10 May 2017   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The new case has 4 vertical ssd trays so I can add another 4 TB if ever I need one.
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11 May 2017   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

How long do we have to wait Brian before you let us know what your new case is?

I don't understand all the (xxxx) about 2TB or 4TB hard drives. Use what ever you need or want.


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11 May 2017   #10
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I thought Maybe it would be better if this discussion was transferred elsewhere
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